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Meet the finalists of Time Out Austin's 2018 Bar Awards

We're celebrating the best in Austin's bar scene—here are the finalists of Time Out Austin's 2018 Bar Awards
Tiki at Midnight Cowboy
Photograph: Layla Mays
By Erin Kuschner |

Austin has drinking down to a science—patio drinking, day drinking, drinking at legendary dive bars and fancy cocktail bars and everything in between. But it takes a village to keep our city hydrated with quality cocktails, craft beer and wine. For the second year in a row, we're celebrating the city's top bars—and the people and cocktails behind them—at the Time Out Austin Bar Awards, where we'll honor the very best in the industry.

Below you'll find the four finalists from each of our 11 categories, all nominated by our panel of expert industry judges. On May 21, we'll be announcing the winners at our Bar Awards celebration—stay tuned for the results, and in the meantime, be sure to raise a glass to our talented lineup of bars, bar teams and cocktails. 

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Bar of the Year: Sponsored by Milagro

Midnight Cowboy
The Roosevelt Room
Small Victory

Best Legacy Bar: Sponsored by Monkey Shoulder

The Jackalope
Donn's Depot

Best Wine Bar: Sponsored by Segura Viudas

June's All Day
Aviary Wine & Kitchen
The Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen

Best New Bar

Las Perlas
Nickel City
Seven Grand

Most Creative Drinks List

Midnight Cowboy

Best Restaurant Bar Program

Holy Roller
Kemuri Tatsu-ya

Best Beer Bar

Wright Bros. Brew and Brew
Craft Pride
Easy Tiger

Best Bar Crew

Half Step
Firehouse Lounge
Nickel City
The Roosevelt Room

Best Specialty Bar

Las Perlas
Mezcalería Tobalá
Seven Grand
Techo Mezcaleria

Best Cocktail in Austin

Ginger Paloma at Half Step
Frozen Bee's Knees at King Bee Lounge
The Heretic at Holy Roller
Huli Pau! at The Roosevelt Room

Most Instagrammable Cocktail in Austin

Puff Puff Pass at Kemuri Tatsu-ya
Boozy Capri Sun at Green Light Social
Holy Mary at Freedmen's
Con Tiki Con Todo at ATX Cocina

2018 Panelists

Jayson Black
Mike Groener
Vance Henderson
Erin Kuschner
Tacy Rowland
Jaime Salas
Jessica Sanders
Travis Tober
Anastacia Uriegas

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